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Thursday, January 3, 2019

My Favorite Novel Read Last Year Isn't In My Genre

I write and read contemporary romance but the one  I look forward to most each year is the latest Regency from Anne Gracie.

I met Anne Gracie when she gave an author talk during a writing course I was doing. After listening to her speak I wanted to read her writing. I read her Regency novel 'The Perfect Rake' and loved every minute. A feisty heroine escapes her abusive, mad, grandfather with younger sisters in tow and enlists the aid of a dashingly funny and loveable rake.

Anne Gracie's writing voice is enchanting. Her characters jump off the page. I went on to enjoy some other historical novels by other authors but they're not my thing really. I only love Anne Gracie's Regency novels.

After reading 'The Perfect Rake', I was hooked. I read her backlist and now, each year, I await the arrival of the next Anne Gracie with all the pleasure anticipation can give. When, at last, I get my hands on it, I retreat from the world and enter Anne's Regency England's social world. I meet new friends and am reacquainted with old ones. It's like seeing friends that you've missed after a year's absence.

'Marry in Scandal' released in 2018 was a delightful book. It has all the feels. The heroine, Lily, is resourceful, sweet but tough. Even so, she needs a bit of help because she's been put in an impossible situation. The hero, Edward, respects and admires Lily's gumption and ingenuity to attempt to save herself, making his assistance possible.

I think another reason this book appeals to the contemporary romance reader in me is that while the novel is set in the Regency period, the heroine is very much a woman we can admire today. One who stands up for her self and doesn't take being treated like a commodity lying down.





Last years novel was everything I hoped for. I wait impatiently for her next novel 'Marry in Secret' to be released 02 July 2019. I know it will deliver and I can't wait.

If you haven't yet read anything by Anne Gracie, you have six months to read her backlist before the next installment. I'll probably reread 'Marry in Scandal' while I wait.

Dora Bramden writes heart melting, passionate romance.



9 comments:

Sarah Raplee said...

You convinced me, Dora! Anne Gracie's books sound like just what I love. Can't wait to read them!

Dora Bramden said...
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Dora Bramden said...

You won't be sorry. She's a wonderful writing teacher too.

Judith Ashley said...

Dora, Recently read Anne Gracie's Perfect Stranger. I did enjoy it and plan on looking for her other books. Will especially be on the lookout for Marry in Secret!

Anne Gracie said...

Aww, Dora, I'm blushing. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Much appreciated. xx

Dora Bramden said...

Perfect stranger was a lovely read too.

Dora Bramden said...

Your welcome Anne. You deserve the praise.

Maggie Lynch said...

I admit I don't read historical romance often. It's not my thing. However, I liked your comment: "...while the novel is set in the Regency period, the heroine is very much a woman we can admire today. One who stands up for her self and doesn't take being treated like a commodity lying down."

That definitely interests me.

Dora Bramden said...

Maggie if you visit my website you can have a chance to win one of the books I mentioned. www.dorabramden.com/blog Anne has generously offered a free book to one of my readers since I posted this blog.